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Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Republican tax law has rerouted billions of dollars from the federal treasury into the bank accounts of health care companies and Wall Street investors.

By the numbers: These are some of the tax savings that have been calculated so far in 2018, according to my analysis of Q3 earnings reports.

  • UnitedHealth Group: $1.1 billion
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb: $463 million
  • Johnson & Johnson: $430 million
  • Gilead: $413 million
  • Biogen: $118 million
  • Universal Health Services: $92 million

Details: These numbers were calculated by taking each company’s effective tax rate from the first 9 months of 2017 and applying it toward operating profits in the first 9 months of 2018.

  • The difference between that number and the amount the company actually paid so far this year, under a lower rate, equals an estimated total savings.

The bottom line: Some companies have had similar or even higher tax bills this year compared with last year. But these 6 companies alone have reaped $2.6 billion from the lower corporate tax rate — a haul that has more than paid for any lobbying to get the law across the finish line.

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The big picture: TikTok's algorithm makes it easy for flashback items to resurface and quickly go viral both on its platform and eventually on other social networks.

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Reports: Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and were due to travel to another destination when the gang struck in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

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Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews during a news conference in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Melbourne's stay-at-home orders will end five days earlier than planned, officials in Australia's second-biggest city announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The capital of the state of Victoria has had six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March last year. That means Melbourne spent longer under lockdown than "any other city in the world" during the pandemic, Reuters notes.

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